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Social Web site sued in porn allegations

Oct. 27, 2011 at 12:35 PM   |   Comments

MIAMI, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- Two Miami men are accused in a drug, rape and porn scheme involving a social networking site for young blacks that has been sued over the incidents.

An aspiring model publicly identified as Jane Doe 11 has filed a federal lawsuit against BlackPlanet.com, a Facebook-style site for young blacks, alleging she was drugged, raped and turned into an unsuspecting porn star after posting photos and contact information on the Web site, The Miami Herald reported Wednesday.

Lavont Flanders, 40, and Emerson Callum, 45, are accused in a federal indictment of posing as talent scouts and using the site to lure her and eight other young women to Miami for "auditions" in a five-year period beginning in 2006.

All nine were allegedly drugged and then sexually assaulted by Callum while Flanders made videos later sold online as pornography, the indictment said.

The attorney for Jane Doe 11 said it couldn't have happened without BlackPlanet's negligence.

"They knew or should have known that there were men going on the site that are sexual predators," Miami lawyer Jeffrey Herman said.

The site, which caters to young women seeking careers in acting or modeling, should have posted a warning about sexual predators, he said.

Herman is seeking $10 million in damages from BlackPlanet and its corporate parent, urban broadcaster Radio One Inc.

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